For teens & young adults: their faith, choices, struggles, & futures


#1

Jesus, they stand at the crossroads, our youth. They no longer trustfully accept the values or directions of their seniors unless these have integrity enough to override worldly values.

Grant us grace to live and love in cheerful and sincere witness of Your gospel, striving for goodness, justice, and unselfish caring in the way that we deal with them. Thus, they may perceive the value and validity of Christian (Catholic) commitment. Let them recognise, however, that they can no more expect us to be perfect and faultless than we should expect perfection of them.

By not demanding more than they can reasonably offer, let them see that while none of us is perfect, each ought to try for one’s best according to nature and ability. Grant us wisdom and love to permit them their freedom to follow their own directions, which are as valid to them as ours are to ourselves.

Give us grace to understand and to forgive their mistakes, knowing that we ourselves frequently err. Grant them to discover You through our understanding and forgiveness, and lead them to find healing and growth in Scripture and in Your Sacraments. Let us witness to them, without trying to break them to our mature wisdom, lest we, by our inflexibility or judgement, cause anyone to lose himself/herself and You for a time or forever.

The pain in our hearts they may not understand until in their own young they confront these moments of anxiety, conflict and uncertainty.

Heal our hearts and minds with hope. Give us trust in Your hidden leading and protection of them, so that we respond to them gently, steadily, wisely, and with peace. Help us to preserve their balance and identity, to foster their reverence for and nurture of Your unique image within themselves and in others for the way that we love and respect them.

Grant Your light to illuminate their paths, so that they may see to clear away errors and barriers that dim the wonderful unique celebration of Your living image within them.

Dear Jesus, we confess our frailty, our sinfulness, our meagre witness, and appeal humbly to You. We cannot contend alone with such sensitive and crucial responsibility regarding our young ones, and our anxieties may sometimes threaten to swamp our faith or judgement. Please help us to be wise, trusting and mature.

Our failures and mistakes regarding them appear to remain as crosses in their lives and in our hearts. Please do not allow our sadness to become self-recrimination, nor impatience towards them. Let it simply be confident prayer that You will take them to your heart, and fill them with Your Spirit to heal them and lead them patiently into the way of Your living gospel. If this path is long and arduous, please grant us the powerful faith of a Monica.

Whatever paths they wander by, our children — through us, their elders put Your hand gently on their shoulders, steady and warm. Look into their eyes with deep caring and friendship. Let them see their preciousness, their rich possibilities, and their kinship in You.

Let them know that they can share their laughter as well as their sorrows. Eat bread with them, listen and respond. Teach by example that is cheerful, faithful, gentle, and strong. Walk with us beside them supportively without intrusion—letting go, as their need requires but always prayerfully near in the quiet presence of Your Spirit.

Thank You, dear Jesus who loves our young ones more than we fathom. You are our hope for them.


#2

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our tresspasses, as we forgive those who tresspass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, Amen!


#3

Amen.


#4

Dear Lord, I want to do everything You want me to do, and be everything You want me to be, filled with Your life and love, flowing like a fountain to others…

Please prepare my mind, my heart my soul, my body, and keep me safe in You.
I give
myself to You. I know You accept me. Holy Spirit guide and inspire me always.

Mother, let me delight and comfort you by my life.

Jesus, let Your heart be mine.
Let me care for You in all Your little ones.

…a prayer my son wrote regarding his future


#5

Our God, please give guidance and wisdom to teenagers nd young adults, so that they don’t make decisions that blight their lives and futures. Please lead them away from disordered and unChristian life-choices.

Please guide them to the career paths that best use their abilities and suit their natures, and help them to work wisely and with reasonable dedication that allows for family time and recreation as well as worship of God.

Their emotions are strong, their joys great, their sadness very deep. Help them to live in consideration of others, and to drive carefully. Help them to avoid drugs and pornography. Please lead them along safe and chaste paths.

Please help them to choose the best partners to share their lives and to help raise their children with Christian morality and faith. Hold them close to You and help them to know and love You, and to live good Christian lives, in shining witness to others.

Please hear our prayers for teenagers and young people, our God.
Please surround them with Your light and love.

Mother Mary please intercede for their purity and their well-being, and for wise choices for their futures. May their angels and their patron saints please pray for them, and for their families and friends.


#6

Loving God,

We come before you today and thank you for the many blessings in our lives and in particular for the gift of teenage young adults who are the future of our world. We pray that your comforting and wise Holy Spirit will never be far from them as they spread their wings and find their way in the world. We pray that your grace may be on all their parents and provide special gifts of patience, fortitude, the ability to converse in a normal tone of voice and a loving manner, and the strength to be real parents with real standards formed on a strong faith in God and a real deep abiding love for these children. Lord, please protect these young adults as they make new friends, try new things, find their way in the world, and often make mistakes and bad choices. Please call them back to receive the unconditional love you have for them and help them to respond to you, even though your call is often like a whisper in a hurricane to a teenager. Please give them a generous heart for service and a deep interest in making things better for the least among us in your world. Help them to do well in their studies so they may form the ability to develop new ways of solving the challenges and persistent problems of our world with fresh and righteous ideas. Please help them to understand at the end of the day, it is all about love of God, love of your people, and love of self - in that order. Please prosper the work of their hands, the thoughts and plans of their minds, and the grace and effect of their prayers. Thank you Lord for these special ones, and help all of us to support and guide them in their development as they prepare to take your creation to the next generation.

We pray in the name of your beloved son Jesus, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.

Amen.


#7

Loving God,

We come before you today and thank you for the many blessings in our lives and in particular for the gift of teenage young adults who are the future of our world. We pray that your comforting and wise Holy Spirit will never be far from them as they spread their wings and find their way in the world. We pray that your grace may be on all their parents and provide special gifts of patience, fortitude, the ability to converse in a normal tone of voice and a loving manner, and the strength to be real parents with real standards formed on a strong faith in God and a real deep abiding love for these children. Lord, please protect these young adults as they make new friends, try new things, find their way in the world, and often make mistakes and bad choices. Please call them back to receive the unconditional love you have for them and help them to respond to you, even though your call is often like a whisper in a hurricane to a teenager. Please give them a generous heart for service and a deep interest in making things better for the least among us in your world. Help them to do well in their studies so they may form the ability to develop new ways of solving the challenges and persistent problems of our world with fresh and righteous ideas. Please help them to understand at the end of the day, it is all about love of God, love of your people, and love of self - in that order. Please prosper the work of their hands, the thoughts and plans of their minds, and the grace and effect of their prayers. Thank you Lord for these special ones, and help all of us to support and guide them in their development as they prepare to take your creation to the next generation.

We pray in the name of your beloved son Jesus, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.

Amen.


#8

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Jesus, they stand at the crossroads, our youth. They no longer trustfully accept the values or directions of their seniors unless these have integrity enough to override worldly values.

Grant us grace to live and love in cheerful and sincere witness of Your gospel, striving for goodness, justice, and unselfish caring in the way that we deal with them. Thus, they may perceive the value and validity of Christian (Catholic) commitment. Let them recognise, however, that they can no more expect us to be perfect and faultless than we should expect perfection of them.

By not demanding more than they can reasonably offer, let them see that while none of us is perfect, each ought to try for one’s best according to nature and ability. Grant us wisdom and love to permit them their freedom to follow their own directions, which are as valid to them as ours are to ourselves.

Give us grace to understand and to forgive their mistakes, knowing that we ourselves frequently err. Grant them to discover You through our understanding and forgiveness, and lead them to find healing and growth in Scripture and in Your Sacraments. Let us witness to them, without trying to break them to our mature wisdom, lest we, by our inflexibility or judgement, cause anyone to lose himself/herself and You for a time or forever.

The pain in our hearts they may not understand until in their own young they confront these moments of anxiety, conflict and uncertainty.

Heal our hearts and minds with hope. Give us trust in Your hidden leading and protection of them, so that we respond to them gently, steadily, wisely, and with peace. Help us to preserve their balance and identity, to foster their reverence for and nurture of Your unique image within themselves and in others for the way that we love and respect them.

Grant Your light to illuminate their paths, so that they may see to clear away errors and barriers that dim the wonderful unique celebration of Your living image within them.

Dear Jesus, we confess our frailty, our sinfulness, our meagre witness, and appeal humbly to You. We cannot contend alone with such sensitive and crucial responsibility regarding our young ones, and our anxieties may sometimes threaten to swamp our faith or judgement. Please help us to be wise, trusting and mature.

Our failures and mistakes regarding them appear to remain as crosses in their lives and in our hearts. Please do not allow our sadness to become self-recrimination, nor impatience towards them. Let it simply be confident prayer that You will take them to your heart, and fill them with Your Spirit to heal them and lead them patiently into the way of Your living gospel. If this path is long and arduous, please grant us the powerful faith of a Monica.

Whatever paths they wander by, our children — through us, their elders put Your hand gently on their shoulders, steady and warm. Look into their eyes with deep caring and friendship. Let them see their preciousness, their rich possibilities, and their kinship in You.

Let them know that they can share their laughter as well as their sorrows. Eat bread with them, listen and respond. Teach by example that is cheerful, faithful, gentle, and strong. Walk with us beside them supportively without intrusion—letting go, as their need requires but always prayerfully near in the quiet presence of Your Spirit.

Thank You, dear Jesus who loves our young ones more than we fathom. You are our hope for them.

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Amen


#9

Lord, please protect our youth and guide them down your paths of love and truth. Give them saintly role models to imitate and help them find their way when they have lost direction and given up hope. Keep our youth on fire with love for you and help them always to be grateful. Thank you, Lord, for hearing my prayer. Amen.


#10

Our Father Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name;
Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Hail, Mary, full of grace! The Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.


#11

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it as it is in heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive
those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but
deliver us from evil.
Amen

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,and
blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and
at the hour of our death.
Amen

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be world without end.
Amen


#12

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it as it is in heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive
those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but
deliver us from evil.
Amen

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,and
blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and
at the hour of our death.
Amen

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be world without end.
Amen


#13

Our God, please give guidance and wisdom to teenagers nd young adults, so that they don't make decisions that blight their lives and futures. Please lead them away from disordered and unChristian life-choices.

Please guide them to the career paths that best use their abilities and suit their natures, and help them to work wisely and with reasonable dedication that allows for family time and recreation as well as worship of God.

Their emotions are strong, their joys great, their sadness very deep. Help them to live in consideration of others, and to drive carefully. Help them to avoid drugs and pornography. Please lead them along safe and chaste paths.

Please help them to choose the best partners to share their lives and to help raise their children with Christian morality and faith. Hold them close to You and help them to know and love You, and to live good Christian lives, in shining witness to others.

Please hear our prayers for teenagers and young people, our God.
Please surround them with Your light and love.

Mother Mary please intercede for their purity and their well-being, and for wise choices for their futures. May their angels and their patron saints please pray for them, and for their families and friends.


#14

Loving God,

We come before you today and thank you for the many blessings in our lives and in particular for the gift of teenage young adults who are the future of our world. We pray that your comforting and wise Holy Spirit will never be far from them as they spread their wings and find their way in the world. We pray that your grace may be on all their parents and provide special gifts of patience, fortitude, the ability to converse in a normal tone of voice and a loving manner, and the strength to be real parents with real standards formed on a strong faith in God and a real deep abiding love for these children. Lord, please protect these young adults as they make new friends, try new things, find their way in the world, and often make mistakes and bad choices. Please call them back to receive the unconditional love you have for them and help them to respond to you, even though your call is often like a whisper in a hurricane to a teenager. Please give them a generous heart for service and a deep interest in making things better for the least among us in your world. Help them to do well in their studies so they may form the ability to develop new ways of solving the challenges and persistent problems of our world with fresh and righteous ideas. Please help them to understand at the end of the day, it is all about love of God, love of your people, and love of self - in that order. Please prosper the work of their hands, the thoughts and plans of their minds, and the grace and effect of their prayers. Thank you Lord for these special ones, and help all of us to support and guide them in their development as they prepare to take your creation to the next generation.

We pray in the name of your beloved son Jesus, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.

Amen.


#15

Praying hard.


#16

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it as it is in heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive
those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but
deliver us from evil.
Amen

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,and
blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and
at the hour of our death.
Amen

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be world without end.
Amen


#17

Hail Mary
Full of grace
the Lord is with thee
Blessed art thou among women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb
Jesus
Holy Mary
Mother of God
pray for us sinner now
and at the hour of our death.
Amen.


#18

Jesus, they stand at the crossroads, our young people. They perhaps no longer trustfully accept the values or directions of their seniors unless these have integrity enough to override worldly values.

Grant us grace to live and love in cheerful and sincere witness of Your gospel, striving for goodness, justice, and unselfish caring in the way that we deal with them. Thus, they may perceive the value and validity of Christian (Catholic) commitment. Let them recognise, however, that they can no more expect us to be perfect and faultless than we should expect perfection of them.

By not demanding more than they can reasonably offer, let them see that while none of us is perfect, each ought to try for one’s best according to nature and ability. Grant us wisdom and love to permit them their freedom to follow their own directions, which are as valid to them as ours are to ourselves.

Give us grace to understand and to forgive their mistakes, knowing that we ourselves frequently err. Grant them to discover You through our understanding and forgiveness, and lead them to find healing and growth in Scripture and in Your Sacraments. Let us witness to them, without trying to break them to our mature wisdom, lest we, by our inflexibility or judgement, cause anyone to lose himself/herself and You for a time or forever.

The pain in our hearts they may not understand until in their own young they confront these moments of anxiety, conflict and uncertainty.

Heal our hearts and minds with hope. Give us trust in Your hidden leading and protection of them, so that we respond to them gently, steadily, wisely, and with peace. Help us to preserve their balance and identity, to foster their reverence for and nurture of Your unique image within themselves and in others for the way that we love and respect them.

Grant Your light to illuminate their paths, so that they may see to clear away errors and barriers that dim the wonderful unique celebration of Your living image within them.

Dear Jesus, we confess our frailty, our sinfulness, our meagre witness, and appeal humbly to You. We cannot contend alone with such sensitive and crucial responsibility regarding our young ones, and our anxieties may sometimes threaten to swamp our faith or judgement. Please help us to be wise, trusting and mature.

Our failures and mistakes regarding them appear to remain as crosses in their lives and in our hearts. Please do not allow our sadness to become self-recrimination, nor impatience towards them. Let it simply be confident prayer that You will take them to your heart, and fill them with Your Spirit to heal them and lead them patiently into the way of Your living gospel. If this path is long and arduous, please grant us the powerful faith of a Monica.

Whatever paths they wander by, our children — through us, their elders put Your hand gently on their shoulders, steady and warm. Look into their eyes with deep caring and friendship. Let them see their preciousness, their rich possibilities, and their kinship in You.

Let them know that they can share their laughter as well as their sorrows. Eat bread with them, listen and respond. Teach by example that is cheerful, faithful, gentle, and strong. Walk with us beside them supportively without intrusion—letting go, as their need requires but always prayerfully near in the quiet presence of Your Spirit.

Thank You, dear Jesus who loves our young ones more than we fathom. You are our hope for them.


#19

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it as it is in heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive
those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but
deliver us from evil.
Amen

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,and
blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and
at the hour of our death.
Amen

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be world without end.
Amen


#20

Please let Your love guide them in their choices.
Help them in their struggles.
Give them faith in You that withstands all life's trials


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